Have you smashed your working day and looking to let off some steam after work? Here’s a selection of adventures in London that you can tuck into with an early finish.
Adventure shouldn’t be something that are simply resigned to the confines of your weekends and holidays. Sneaking in a mid-week adventure is an ideal way to hit refresh, so you can hit the next day running.
After all, we think that work should revolve around your adventures, and not the other way around.
Check out our list of adventures for the early finishers amongst you.
Kayaking the Thames by night
This after work kayak tour is a must-do for any office-bound, urban dwelling adventurer. On this adventure, you’ll glide past London’s landmarks at sunset, including the Shard, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Your guides will provide any boat manoeuvring guidance that you may need, and your kayaks are extremely buoyant. This adventure is perfectly accessible for those with limited or no kayaking experience.
Tours start from Chelsea and starting times are dependant on tide. On average, it will start at 5.30pm and finish at around 11-11.30pm.
Tours are provided by Kayaking London, and you can find out a little more about the tours here.
White water rafting
To get a taste for white-water rafting, you don’t need to take the journey to battle the intimidating, monster rapids of the Ottawa river or the Zambezi.
A mere 25 minute train journey from London Liverpool Street is all it takes to take on white water on a raft, tube or kayak. Whether you’re just looking to break your week routine up with a little adrenaline, or you want to prepare for a longer white-water rafting trip, this mini-adventure is the perfect place to start. You’ll be given some instruction, issued the relevant safety gear before taking on some of the largest artificial rapids in the UK.
The centre’s last bookings through the summer is at 6pm, and during the winter is from 5pm, with sessions lasting 2 and a half hours.
You can find out more information on this adventure at the Lee Valley White Water Centre here.
Wakeboarding and stand up paddle boarding
In the centre of London’s busy skyline at the Royal Victoria Dock, in the summer months you can go and stand-up paddle board or wakeboard, depending on your weapon of choice. Even if you’ve never been stand-up paddle boarding before, that’s not a problem. The guides will give you an hour or so of instruction. If you wish, you can also sign up to the ever popular stand up-paddle boarding and pilates course they have on offer. An evening of stand-up paddle boarding is one way to wash the day away.
Similarly, the centre also offers wakeboarding courses. Whether you’re experienced or a total beginner, the centre will provide courses for any level.
In the summer, this centre is open until around 8pm, making it a perfect after work adventure.
Click here for more information about Wakeup Docklands.
Climbing the O2
Here’s a cracker. You can knock off work a little early and climb one of the most iconic buildings in London. You can opt for an evening climb, which will take you all the way to the top of the 02 for sunset. You’ll latch on with a harness, and have a guide behind you every step of the way. You can think of the 02 as being the summit of London. Maximum bragging rights at the office the next day.
In the summer months, you can book sunset climbs starting at 7 pm, and in the winter, you can book climbs at 3.30 pm.
Learn to boulder
Bouldering is a form of rock-climbing that does not involve ropes. It may sound intimidating, however with soft crash pads and well-qualified instructors, there’s little to be scared of. With most bouldering clubs offering memberships at a much cheaper rate than a gym and offering a more dynamic and creative way to work out, an after work boulder is a perfect little adventure you can treat yourself with for finishing your work early.
The centre is open until 10.30, and you can take a session for as long or as little as your arms will allow.
There are a range of bouldering centres across London, however a good place to start would be Arch-hill in Bermondsey. You can see more information here.
Hungry for more? If these don’t quite scratch the itch, check out some of our other UK adventures.
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